Supersonic Ping Pong Ball

How do you get a ping pong ball to go at supersonic speed? And what what will happen if you try to smack such ball with a paddle?

Purdue University physics professor Mark French created a cannon that can shoot a ping pong ball at 900 mph (Mach 1.2) onto a paddle. But first, physics:

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via Gizmodo

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